OP-ED by Victoria Sullivan: I will never cower to lies and attacks

OP-ED by Representative Victoria Sullivan

I have spent the better part of the last eight years serving the city of Manchester, in many capacities. I have been team mom, coach, PTA president, served on the NH PTA board, and served on the Heritage commission. My proudest accomplishment, and the one most dear to my heart, was my seven years of volunteerism directing the drama club at Highland Goffe’s-Falls Elementary school. I love my community, as proven through my commitment of service.

In addition to this, I have had the honor to represent Hillsborough district 16, Manchester ward 9 in the NH House of Representatives. The first two years were on the job training, but I loved every minute of it. The last two years have been a bit more challenging.

After the 2016 elections the climate of the State House changed, as did much of the political climate of our nation. We had a handful of new state representatives who are of the Resist mindset. They will resist every republican bill, anything that supports the policies of our President, and began to attack republicans for just being republicans. It was not all democrats, I want to be clear about that. It was a select few. However, those few are toxic and do not represent the values of New Hampshire.

The work climate became difficult, and some days, hostile. Men were the specific targets, and were attacked for anything and everything by these few female resist democrats. In their eyes, I made a fatal mistake. I “betrayed all women” by taking one of them to task for their bad behavior.

One female representative was constantly using social media to attack republicans. Her behavior was beneath her position of state representative and disrespectful to the history of the House. It was also an embarrassment to her constituents. The final straw for me was when she took a picture of a person’s testimony as presented in committee, tweeted it out with their contact information, and mocked them. All constituents should be treated with respect when they testify, even if you disagree with them.

During this time, some members of the House had raised concerns over remarks made by a male republican representative some years ago on a website. The democrats requested an ethics review of this representative. I saw this as an opportunity to ask the House to add the female representative’s name to the ethics complaint. The House voted and agreed. That one request unleashed anger and attacks from the left that took me completely off guard. They tried to intimidate me by mailing questionable packages to my home, calling me and saying awful things, and of course took to social media to say things about me that were neither true, or warranted.

This election cycle has been especially nasty with NH Democrats chairman Ray Buckley constantly attacking me on social media. Under his “leadership” and encouragement his followers make sport of spreading lies, while blocking my access to these lies, so that I cannot defend myself. These attacks include statements that I am an anti-semite, a bigot, a homophobe, a racist, a female misogynist, and a shill for the male republicans.

Just this morning, I was alerted to the fact that the organization for which my opponent, Joshua Query is a vice chair, took to twitter to continue these attacks.

It has been my honor to serve my community.  I have worked closely with members of all parties,  to get good bills passed into law for the citizens of New Hampshire.  I will never cower to lies and attacks. These people will not dampen my spirit or my desire to serve you, my constituents. I ask that you reach out to me, personally, if you have any questions about my voting record, my views on policy, or to answer any questions that you may have.

Representative Victoria Sullivan

Assistant Majority Leader
House Education Committee
Hillsborough District 16